a member of the Eastern Church of the Byzantine rite, as in Egypt, Israel, and Syria
Origin of MelkiteModern Latin Melchita from Medieval Greek melchit?s, literally , a royalist from Classical Hebrew (language) m?lekh, king
- A member of the Christian churches in Egypt and Syria that accepted the Council of Chalcedon.
- A member of an Eastern Catholic church that uses the Byzantine rite and has patriarchates in Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem.
Origin of MelkiteNew Latin Melchītae Melkites from Medieval Greek Melkhītai from Aramaic malkāye pl. of malkāy royal, royalist from malkā king mlk